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TOKYO GORE POLICE (2008)

Written by Greigh Johanson

The new generation of Cyberpunk that greatly flourished out shortly after Meatball Machine has become very overrated, while the older generation of  Tetsuo, 946 Pinocchio and Rubber's Lover has been underestimated. In some way I think it's a shame because the older films carry a much nicer quality. Anyway Tokyo Gore Police is one of the earlier films from the new wave and possibly one of the greatest of its kind. This is Yoshihiro Nishimura's first feature film and he has been called Japan's answer to Tom Savini and has already been canonized for his stylish gore. And with the ability to write and direct something like this, he'll certainly come a long way with the idea that this film only took two weeks to record.

In a dystopian future Tokyo's police force has been privatized. The new guard controls the megacity with an iron fist, and that's good because the underworld has suddenly started crawling with criminals mutants. With super powers that transform their wounds to deadly weapons they constitute a serious threat to the new order. But the Tokyo Police Corporation has its own weapon; the police chief's daughter Ruka. Haunted by her past and self-destructive icy life, she has grown up to become the union's deadliest mutant hunters ever seen.



Tokyo Gore Police is increasing impact on the overall story. The ridiculous costumes and the cheap special effects are something you have to accept in this kind of vivid anime-inspired film. I think it's performed on an artistic level, composed with a nice and totalitarian atmosphere, where lighting, as well as sequencing performs a good contrast. The cinematography depicts an unrealistic future in Japan and what most fascinates me is the construction of a simple technology and the illogical and imaginative emphasis on structures from the film's entirety. Even if this film borrows much from famous films such as Blade Runner, Robocop and Judge Dredd, these writers and directors did produce a revelation that none of the earlier traditional films had a clue about.


The main points of the plot revolves around a murder mystery and how it connects to the privatization of the police. There's splatter, limbs and organs torn out and thrown around and it almost seems like an exercise in how many different types of mutilation that can be squeezed into a single movie. This is performed in a rather creative way. We also behold a man pulling a muscle nerve from his severed hand to fire a gun . The film also allows speculation about such delights where a mutated penis is used as a machine gun . In addition to the carnage that is the visual costumes not as bad rendered either and the engineer-hunters have cool uniforms that are a hybrid of a uniform SWAT-teams.



One of the major issues with Tokyo Gore Police is that it's so terribly long, about two hours for a movie that's only about a simple performed spectacle. But try to look at the film from the right point of view, hankering for its proper act and try to grasp what it really wants to say to you. This is a socially critical film and is very politically charged, so naturally they want to have something to say behind its use of ultraviolence.



Overall, Toky Gore Police is one of the best films from the new generation of cyberpunk. And try to think an extra before you start the movie; what would it have to say? Because even if it offers lots of gory splatter sequences every five minutes,  it's also very highly politically charged.



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